Federal Budget Players Spotlight: Nancy Pelosi

by Elizabeth Casey-Rutland

Photo courtesy of Shawn Calhoun

Name: Nancy Pelosi

State/District, Party: California, 12th District, Democrat

 Leadership position: Minority Leader of the House of Representatives

 Number of Years in That Position: Over 4 (position obtained in 2011)

Number of Terms/Years in Congress: She was first elected 27 years ago in 1987.

Percent/Amount of State Revenue from the Federal Government (2013): California received $56.4 billion in grants from the federal government, or 25% of its total revenue.

Defense Contracts Awarded to State (2013): $33.9 billion (click to compare to other states)

Memorable Budget Quote: "It's very hard to negotiate with the Republicans when they can't negotiate with themselves." (2013, speaking about trying to end the government shutdown)

 Approval Rating: 33% favorable, 57% unfavorable, February 2015

 Total Amount Spent During Latest Election: $2.39 million

 Top Donor/Top Industry: Salesforce.com, Health Professionals

Candidate’s Self-Financing: $0